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A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.​




2016 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship for Professional Women

With the objective of enhancing the development of women in aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in conjunction with the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA), is offering an Aviation Scholarship for a professional woman in this field.

Candidates who are selected for the ICAO-IAWA Aviation Scholarship will be able to augment their professional experience in aviation by working on and contributing to specific aspects of the ICAO work programme at the international level for a period of nine months.

IAWA is supporting ICAO in its efforts to promote the development of women in aviation by providing voluntary contributions and by assisting in identifying those candidates who meet the requirements for the ICAO-IAWA Aviation Scholarship. 


  • An advanced university degree (Masters’ level or equivalent), in an aviation-related discipline
  • A minimum of two years of  experience in supporting technical work of an international aviation or aerospace organization, a civil aviation authority,  or similar related organization.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of any other of the following ICAO languages is an asset:  Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish.

Details of Assignment

Selected candidates will work under the guidance of experienced professionals in the Air Navigation Bureau at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal.

The Air Navigation Bureau (ANB) is responsible for providing technical guidance to the Air Navigation Commission (ANC), the Council and the Assembly. ANB provides technical expertise in aviation-related disciplines to States, industry and all elements of the Organization. The Bureau is also responsible for maintaining and implementing the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Global Air Navigation Plan (GASP), including its aviation system block upgrades as well as producing yearly safety and air navigation status reports. The Bureau develops technical studies and proposals for Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) for further processing by the governing bodies of ICAO. The Bureau also develops related procedures and guidance material. The Bureau also manages the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) that monitors  all States on a continuous basis.

Illustrative examples of areas of work and responsibilities which will be assigned are shown below, depending on the profiles of the selected candidates. The selected candidate will support activities related to the promotion of women in aviation, including, for example, the Annual ICAO-IAWA Connect event.

  •  Support the development of Airport Collaborative Decision Making guidance material
  • Support the development of Air Traffic Flow Management related taxonomy and message set
  • Support the development of a taxonomy for medically related accidents and incidents
  • Develop or improve operational risk management concepts, metrics and analytical methods
  • Develop a database on dangerous goods-related accidents/incidents
  • Support further analysis on indicators contained in the global air navigation report, such as ASBUs implementation and outtake of PBN
  • Conduct a gap analysis on requirements for the provision of ground handling services among ICAO Member States. The analysis may include the collection of practices, analysis of input, surveys and the development of conclusions or recommendations
  • Conduct research and analysis on emerging aviation issues
  • Support airport runway safety team implementation activities
  • Draft material on validity and reliability of aviation language test for inclusion in Doc 9835
  • Mine and analyze ADREP data for incidents and accidents where language proficiency is involved
  • Develop a knowledge concept map for pilots in a phase of flight, and based on knowledge map developed, conduct a critical incident analysis
  • Develop a knowledge concept map for remote pilots in a phase of flight TBD, and based on knowledge map developed, conduct a critical incident analysis.
  • Draft Icing/de-icing/anti-icing manual (Doc 9640)
  • Support the establishment of FF-ICE related provision
  • Support the technical editing of the SWIM concept document
  • Support the technical editing process of the RPAS manual

Please Keep in Mind

  • Duration of assignment:  nine months
  • Living expenses:  a monthly stipend of USD 2,000 will be provided to assist the selected candidate in covering living expenses in Montreal
  • Visa: If required, a letter will be provided by ICAO to selected candidates to assist in obtaining entry visa to Canada (where applicable).
  • Medical insurance: the selected candidate will be required to provide proof of medical coverage for the duration of the Aviation Scholarship.
  • Travel costs:  the selected candidate is required to cover all costs related to travel to Montreal.


If you are interested in being considered for an Aviation Scholarship for nine months at ICAO, you are invited to submit an online application at  ICAO's e-Recruitment website at

Deadline for application was 15 March 2016. Please check back next year.

Timeline for Selection

  1. Posting of announcement: 15 February 2016
  2. Closing date for applications:  14 March 2016
  3. Notification to candidates of outcome of their application:  May 2016
  4. Reporting date to Montreal of Selected Candidate:  October 2016
  5. Duration of Aviation Scholarship:  Nine months

Congratulations to Annie Wen, recipient of the 2016 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship!

Annie is currently completing her aerospace master’s degree with a concentration in avionics and control at École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Canada. Her background is in software engineering and design from McGill University. Annie is passionate about both the space and aviation industry. She completed the International Space University’s Space Studies Program in 2015 and has worked as an intern at the Canadian Space Agency for eight months; developing software tools and supporting the mission planners for the RADARSAT Earth Observation Program. Her other work experiences include aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace in their Flight Sciences department, CAE Inc. for flight simulations, and CS Canada for aircraft engine software certification. Annie has her Transport Canada and FAA private pilot licenses, flies gliders recreationally, and competed in a transcontinental air race from California to Pennsylvania in 2014. She is the president of the Montreal chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for women pilots started by Amelia Earhart. Annie hopes to encourage more women to consider a career in aviation through this joint ICAO-IAWA scholarship opportunity.


Congratulations to Meenakshi Balan, recipient of the 2015 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship!

During its 25th Annual Conference in Panama, IAWA signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with ICAO to jointly provide an Aviation Scholarship for professional women in aviation that will allow them to spend six month gaining on-the–job experience at ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau in Montreal. The Air Navigation Bureau manages the Safety and Infrastructure strategies of ICAO in partnership with aviation stakeholders. 

Meenakshi Balan is a very enthusiastic aviation professional. She obtained her Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Master in Aviation Industry Management, both from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. While studying Masters, Meenakshi had an opportunity to work as Quality Control Officer on IOSA audits at an accredited audit organization. Meenakshi Balan also contributes her time volunteering mainly at the Melbourne International Airport as a part of the Customer Care Program. She strongly believes in supporting and encouraging women in aviation and technology. Through this opportunity, Meenakshi is very delighted to work within the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Air Navigation Bureau and equally proud to enhance the development of women in aviation through this joint ICAO-IAWA initiative.



2014 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship

IAWA is proud to announce the first recipient of the IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship, Isavella Maria Vasilogeorgi.

During its 25th Annual Conference in Panama, IAWA signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with ICAO to jointly provide an Aviation Scholarship for professional women in aviation that will allow them to spend six month gaining on-the–job experience at ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau in Montreal. The Air Navigation Bureau manages the Safety and Infrastructure strategies of ICAO in partnership with aviation stakeholders.

Isavella has not only excelled in her studies, gaining an LLM in Air & Space Law at McGill, and a LLM in Public International Law from the University of Athens, but has also received several awards and scholarship, including IAWA’s scholarship in 2012 and the Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellowship in Space Governance (McGill IASL). She has been very active in gaining working experience as a member of the Athens Bar Association, and with several prominent legal internships.

IAWA is very pleased to continue promoting the development of women in aviation through innovative partnerships and internship programs to further the education and advancement of women in the industry.